Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
July 4, 2014   
Volunteers Needed

Old Beach Farmers Market
July 26th and August 23rd
2 Shifts:  7:30-10 AM and 10 AM - 12:30 PM

McDonald's Garden Center Crepe Myrtle Festival--
July 19 & 20, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM and 1:00-3:30 PM

To help out with these events, please contact

Become a Pearl Home and Win Tickets to Next Year's Oyster Roast -- 2,014 in 2014  
Pearl Home Flag
We have surpassed 1,600 Pearl Homes and have set a goal of 2,014 in 2014! 
Become a Pearl Home or recruit a friend or neighbor and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to next year's Oyster Roast.

The Pearl Home information and application are available on our website or in our office. If you recruit a friend or neighbor, make sure your name is at the bottom so you are entered into the drawing also.

Help us get to 2,014 in 2014!
Virginia Sweetspire
July Native Plant of the Month

Free Rain Barrels
For Faith Communities
A Few Remain -- Contact Us Today! 

LRNow has 7 rain barrels available to Faith Communities in Virginia Beach.  Help your church, temple, synagogue or fellowship become more sustainable and environmentally responsible.  To find out more about the rain barrels or to reserve yours, please contact Pam at 757-962-5398 or

Be a Responsible Pet Owner and  
Scoop the Poop
Scoop the Poop Sticker 
Call or stop by our office if you need a Scoop the Poop sticker for your black city
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Be Kind with Your Line
River Cleanup -- July 12, 9-Noon
Three Locations 
Join LRNow, VA Beach SPCA, VA Beach Parks & Recreation, VA Aquarium and the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in an annual effort to remove discarded fishing line from our waterways.  Discarded line is dangerous to a wide variety of wildlife.

There are three locations:
Dozier Bridge on General Booth Boulevard (canoes and kayaks)
Crab Creek at Pleasure House Point (canoes and kayaks)
Long Creek near Inlet Fitness on Great Neck Road (land based and canoes or kayaks)

We need volunteers to help with everything from getting line untangled from tree branches and bushes to removing hooks, bobbers, and sinkers from the collected line so that it can be recycled into underwater habitat structures for fish.  The clean up is an opportunity to get hundreds of feet of line and hooks out of the environment, immediately reducing the danger of entanglement for water birds and animals.

For more information or to register for this cleanup, call 757-962-5398 or email
The next river cleanup is Saturday, August 9th.
Lynnhaven River Paddle & Explore
Ages 8-12; August 22, 9 AM - 3 PM

This paddle is a typical Sea Camp day on the Lynnhaven River but will be led by Laurie Sorabella, the Oyster Queen.  Meet at the Crab Creek kayak launch at the foot of the Lesner Bridge and kayak into the Lynnhaven to explore the tidal creeks, salt marsh, sand flats and shallow water habitats.  We'll use nets to learn what's out there, swim in the river and visit the Mermaid Spa.  We should have a nice low tide to explore Bob Marley Island and float down Irie Way.  The Oyster Queen will teach students things about the Lynnhaven that they haven't heard on trips with Captain Octopus. 

For more information go to  To register, email
1000 Trees for the Lynnhaven
"The creation of a thousand trees is in one acorn" 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All of our trees may not have acorns, but we are working hard to get 500 native trees planted in Virginia Beach this year! 

Trees help with stormwater management, provide important habitat to wildlife and insects, shade for enjoyment, clean our air, increase home value (10-20%!), reduce energy costs (10-15%), and are beautiful.

We have a wide variety of native trees available for various size spaces and environmental conditions. If you are uncertain what tree might be appropriate for your yard (or faith community or school!), please contact us or check out or

For the complete list of available trees.

To order your tree(s), contact Trista or Dana at 757-962-5398 or

We will accept orders until late summer/early fall.  Your trees will be delivered in the fall to take advantage of the best planting season.

Thank You SOS Restaurants
Building sanctuary oyster reefs is an important part of restoring our native oyster population and bringing all the benefits of oysters to help clean our water.  Oyster shell is necessary to build sanctuary reefs and is a scarce commodity. 

LRNow is proud to work with 24 Virginia Beach restaurants to collect their oyster shells, cure them and then use them to build sanctuary oyster reefs in the Lynnhaven.  We appreciate the extra effort this takes on the part of the restaurants and we thank them for their commitment to clean water and a healthy ecosystem.  If you don't see your favorite restaurant on this list, let us know and encourage them to join the program.

21st Street Seafood Company
Abbey Road
Blue Seafood and Spirits
Captain George's
Chick's Oyster Bar
Coastal Grill
C.P. Shucker's at the Oceanfront
C.P. Shucker's on the Bayside
Croakers Neighborhood Grill
Croc's 19th Street Bistro
Five 01 City Grill
Harpoon Larry's
Lucky Oyster
Metropolitan Oyster Exchange
McCormick & Schmick's
Sheraton Oceanfront
Swan Terrace at Founder's Inn
Yukai Seafood Buffett

In addition, we have four locations where you can drop off shells from oysters or clams you serve at home:
LRNow's office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108
Whole Foods in Hilltop
Virginia Aquarium (east parking lot)
Regional Landfill, Jack Sears Road

We will also make arrangements with you to pick up the shells after your oyster roast event. 

Please contact if you would like more information about LRNow's Save Our Shell program.

 Native Plant of the Month: July
Virginia Sweetspire
Itea virginica
Sweetspire will grow to 3-5 feet tall and spread to 3-5 feet.  
It likes both full sun and partial shade and blooms in June and July.
To order a sweetspire plant, call, 962-5398, or email  Cost is $8.